You're Gonna Love Me

You're Gonna Love Me

by Robin Lee Hatcher

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ISBN-13: 9780718085971
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 544,100
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award. In addition to many other awards, she is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin makes her home with her husband on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillion puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky. For more information, visit robinleehatcher.com; Facebook: robinleehatcher; Twitter: @robinleehatcher.

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CHAPTER 1

Samantha Winters parked her car in the Caldwell hospital parking lot. Before opening the door, she pressed her forehead against the steering wheel and drew in a couple of deep breaths. She was bone weary after the seven-hour drive from Beaverton, Oregon. She'd stopped only twice, just long enough to refill the tank and use the restroom, and hadn't bothered to eat anything except the snack foods she'd tossed into the car before leaving home before dawn.

The last report from her cousin Derek was that their grandmother's surgery — performed that morning, twenty-four hours after the fall from the horse — had gone well. Derek expected Gran to be able to leave the hospital tomorrow or the next day.

"But from what I understand," he'd told Samantha a few hours ago, "it's going to be a lengthy recovery. Her right ankle was more or less shattered. Broken in three places. It'll be non-weight-bearing for at least three months. She'll be in a cast and then one of those boots. After three months, they'll put her in a splint — I forget what it's called — and then she'll have to go through physical therapy. Not easy for anybody, but she's seventy-six. As active as she normally is, this is gonna drive her crazy."

"Don't worry about Gran's recovery. I'll stay as long as she needs me. I'm using the vacation days I've saved up over the years, and then I'll be on leave of absence for the rest of the time."

"You don't have to do that, Sam. Between me and Brooklyn and Gran's friends —"

"I want to do it. Honest."

What she hadn't told her cousin was that she was glad for an excuse — any excuse — to get away from work for a while. And away from Daniel Greyson, her boss. Not to be unkind, but the man was a jerk. He'd made her work life miserable for years. She'd put up with it because ... well, because it was easier and less confrontational. Her only other option was to look for new employment, and that thought terrified her. Job security was important to her. She felt safe at Whitewater Business Solutions. And above almost anything else, Samantha liked to feel safe.

Drawing one more breath, she straightened and opened the door. She felt rumpled and looked forward to a long soak in a warm bath. But before she could drive on to Thunder Creek, she wanted to see Gran.

The hospital wasn't large, and it didn't take long to find her grandmother's room. A nurse was coming through the doorway when Samantha arrived. They exchanged brief nods as they passed each other.

Gran looked up, registered who it was, and smiled. "Sam! What on earth are you doing here?" She held out a hand.

Samantha took it before leaning in to kiss her grandmother. "Didn't Derek tell you I was coming? I had to come after I heard you took up flying. Or was it crashing?"

"Both, it would seem." Gran pressed Samantha's hand against her cheek, eyes closed for a moment. "Oh, it is so good to see you," she said as she opened them again and gazed fondly at Samantha.

"Same here."

"But such a long drive."

"It isn't so bad, Gran. And I wanted to be with you. You're going to need help for a while."

Gran's eyes widened. "You're going to stay with me? You're not here just for the weekend?"

"Nope. I'm here for a few months, according to the doctor."

"Oh, sweetheart. What about your job? I can't ask you to —"

But Samantha was already shaking her head. "You didn't ask. Like I told Derek, I want to be with you. And I've made all the necessary arrangements with my job."

"They'll let you be gone that long?"

Samantha squeezed her grandmother's hand again. "You're stuck with me, Gran. Get used to it."

Gran smiled. "Getting used to it won't be a problem. I promise." She breathed out on a sigh, then sank deeper into the pillow beneath her head, her burst of energy spent. Samantha saw pain in the crinkles of her grandmother's face as she closed her eyes and almost instantly drifted off to sleep — aided by drugs, no doubt.

Samantha wouldn't mind a catnap herself. She pulled a visitor's chair close to the side of Gran's bed and settled onto it. Closing her eyes, she drew in a long, deep breath. She was so tired.

Through her weary haze, she heard a male voice ask, "May I come in?"

Startled from near slumber, Samantha straightened and looked toward the drawn curtain in front of the door. "Yes."

She expected to see a doctor or a hospital technician of some sort. Instead, a man in jeans and a denim shirt stepped into view holding a vase of flowers in one hand. He smiled for a moment. But only until his eyes collided with hers. Then the smile was gone.

Samantha barely had time to register this before her world tilted to one side. Ocean-like sounds whirred in her ears as she sucked in a breath. It couldn't be —

"Sam?" Nick said, his voice filled with matching disbelief.

"Nick ... What on earth ...?" Her voice strengthened. "What are you doing here?"

He motioned toward the hospital bed. "I came to see Mrs. Johnson."

"You —" She shook her head, trying to clear her confusion. "Gran? But how do you know —?"

"She's your grandmother?"

Samantha nodded. They both stood staring.

"Small world," Nick finally said. He stood still a moment longer, his jaw working, then set the vase of flowers on the nearby counter. "Tell your grandmother I was by. Okay?" A couple of steps and he disappeared beyond the curtain.

Samantha couldn't move at first. Her legs failed to obey the command from her brain. But a few heartbeats later, she rushed out of the room and down the corridor, catching up with him right outside the automatic doors.

"Nick!"

He stopped, seemed to wait as she struggled for words, then finally turned. She gripped her hands together, holding them close to her waist. "I ... I never expected to see you again. Certainly not here."

He shrugged. The gesture hurt. It seemed to say he didn't care what she'd expected. And he probably didn't. He'd never bothered to respond to the apologies she'd sent to him over two years ago.

She drew a breath and lifted her chin. "Why did you come to see my grandmother?"

"I was there yesterday when the horse threw her. I was the one who called for the ambulance and stayed with her, along with Alycia."

"You were there?" Her confusion returned.

"I'm putting in a new irrigation system for Derek Johnson. I guess he's her grandson." His eyes filled with realization. "So that would make Derek your ...?"

"Cousin."

"Ah." He nodded.

Samantha and Nick had dated for close to eight months. Naturally, during that time she'd told him about her mother and stepdad who lived back east and that she had a grandmother and cousin living in Idaho. But had she bothered to mention the name of the little town of Thunder Creek? Doubtful. And even if she had, would he have remembered it? Also doubtful. She'd teased him once that he had selective hearing. He hadn't found it funny.

She shook her head again, trying to focus on a more immediate question: Why was a university professor from Oregon installing an irrigation system on an organic farm in Idaho? Her cousin's farm, of all places.

Without an answer that made sense to her, her thoughts spiraled backward again. Nick had been in her thoughts often since their painful parting. There had been nights she'd dreamed of running into him again, of being able to look him in the eyes and tell him she was sorry for what she'd said on that last night they were together. Not long after their argument, she'd e-mailed him. She'd called too. He'd never answered, so she'd left messages. All had gone unanswered. And still she'd wanted to see him.

Now here he was, just as she'd dreamed of. But the expression on his face told her he didn't want her to say another word. She took a step back, an old pain tightening her chest. "Well. It was good to see you, Nick." The words tasted like sawdust on her tongue.

"Yeah. Same here."

Taking a quick breath, she turned and hurried back through the hospital doors.

*
After more than two years since his accident, Nick had grown used to blanks in his memory, to confusion threatening to swallow him whole. It wasn't as bad now as it had been early on, but it could be bad enough. Seeing Samantha Winters had thrown him for an unexpected loop. He felt out of touch, not quite sure what was real and what he'd imagined as a result of the traumatic brain injury he'd been living with.

"Here?" he muttered to himself as he yanked open the truck door and slid behind the wheel. "Her grandmother had to live here?"

Settling himself, he lifted his gaze toward the entrance. He avoided hospitals whenever he could. He'd been a patient in one or another for too many months to want to return, even to visit someone else. But, as crazy as it sounded, he'd needed to see Ruth Johnson — a stranger to him until yesterday — to make sure she was doing all right. The last time he'd glimpsed her, the woman had been in a lot of pain.

And now it turned out Ruth was Samantha's grandmother. What were the odds? Astronomical. No wonder he was having a hard time making sense of it.

He rubbed his forehead with the fingertips of one hand as he took a breath and tried to reason things through. Samantha's mother and stepdad lived in New England. He remembered that for certain. He also remembered her mentioning that her grandmother lived in Idaho. In fact, when Brett Masters had asked him to move to Caldwell to become the lead foreman for the southwest Idaho branch of Masters & Sons Irrigation Systems, Nick had thought of Samantha, remembering sitting across from her at dinner on their first date, listening as she told him about her family and her job and her interests.

She'd been the prettiest woman he'd ever seen. Still was. But then, he'd always been a sucker for girls with red hair and green eyes. But there'd been more to the attraction than her looks. He'd liked the honey-warm tone of her voice. He'd liked the sound of her laughter. He'd liked that she loved music from the seventies and movies from the forties and fifties. He wasn't crazy about any of that, but he'd found the discovery of her passions for those things endeared her to him. All that remained clear in his mind, unimpaired by his accident.

Another thing he remembered: Samantha had wanted to change him, to tie him down, to hold him back, to restrain him. They'd fought about it. Broken up over it. He'd said something cruel to her, too, although he couldn't remember exactly what. But he did remember he'd later wished he'd chosen his words better.

He gave his head a slow shake before turning the key in the ignition and driving out of the hospital parking lot, headed for home. Since February, that had been a two-bedroom month-to-month rental located a few miles west of Caldwell. Built around the time of the Great Depression, the place needed lots of work. But that was one of the reasons the rent was cheap, which suited Nick's bank account. And he had no need for anything more. His life these days was simple and uncomplicated. He got up in the morning, ate breakfast, went to work, laid pipe or whatever the job called for, completed paperwork, checked inventory, came home, ate dinner, played with his dog, and relaxed or took a bike ride before bedtime. The next day he did it all over again.

Again, simple and uncomplicated, as it needed to be at this point in his recovery. He certainly didn't need —

He broke off his thoughts before they could drift in the direction of Samantha again.

Nick's rental property was surrounded on three sides by cornfields belonging to his landlord. In April there wasn't much but dirt to look at in those fields. But that would soon change. The tall trees on the west side of the house were already a deep green, and flowers planted by a previous tenant bloomed in a bright array of colors near the driveway and country road.

As he pulled his truck up near the house, his border collie, Boomer, greeted him with excited barks. Nick got out of the truck and strode to the kennel, releasing the dog. "Hey, boy. How you doing?"

Boomer received a few pats, then took off in search of a ball or a Frisbee, eager for some exercise. Nick waited, not in any great hurry to go inside in this fine weather. Besides, his Sunday afternoons were for kicking back, and that included playing with the dog he'd adopted from the shelter soon after relocating to Idaho. The two had become pals from day one, and Boomer went with Nick almost everywhere.

The dog returned. Nick took the ball and threw it as hard and as far as he could. Boomer flew after it, ears flat, mouth open. Nick laughed as he watched. His brother Peter — second of the four Chastain brothers — had told him having a dog around would be good for him. Turned out Peter was right.

"For a change," he said, grinning. Maybe he would call Peter and tell him.

Boomer came barreling back with the ball. Nick threw it again, this time in the opposite direction, and the dog sailed after it, wind in his face, excitement in his eyes. The thrill of the chase. The boundless energy. Nick didn't know whether to laugh or cry when he realized he envied his dog.

"That used to be me," he said to Boomer upon the dog's return, ruffling his ears as he spoke.

Gads, he missed it. He missed going as fast as he could, going as high as he could, dropping as far as he could. He missed the stormy ocean tossing his boat around like a toy. He missed the icy river water. He missed climbing the sheer face of a mountain. He missed his old life, the one he'd been told couldn't be his again.

"Promise me you'll be careful," his mom had said to him again and again since the accident that almost killed him.

He'd promised her. But could he keep that promise without going insane?

"Come on," he said to Boomer. "Let's get us something to eat."

His kitchen was the kind Nick's mom would call a postage stamp. Room enough for a small refrigerator in one corner, an electric stove in another, and about two feet of counter space on each side of the double sink. Part of one wall was taken up by the back door. The refrigerator and stove were separated by an archway leading into a narrow dining room and the connected living room.

In no time at all, Nick had mixed kibble with canned food for Boomer, then made himself a grilled-cheese sandwich and a tossed salad with his favorite dressing. The dog gobbled up his food before Nick could sit down at the table to eat his own, then settled a short distance away, eyes watchful, in case Nick dropped something good.

"You're a bottomless pit, boy."

Boomer swept his tail back and forth in response, not the least bit insulted.

That brought a smile back to Nick.

All things considered, he had a good life. Very different from the one he'd had before the accident, but a good one. God had done more than heal his body. The Lord had begun to heal his emotions and adjust his attitude too. Still a long way to go, he had to admit, but they were working on it, he and God. Including that persistent desire to go faster, higher, farther, and to the devil with his doctors' warnings. He was learning to be grateful for what he had rather than resenting what he'd lost. Not lessons that came easy, but he was getting there. Moving to southwest Idaho had helped a lot. He was free from those who put pressure on him, whether intentional or not. He was living alone, standing on his own two feet, making his own decisions. He didn't need someone else to take care of him. He felt like a man again, instead of a helpless kid.

All in all, Nick had no reason to complain.

CHAPTER 2

The next morning, still in her pj's and with eyes half closed, Samantha felt her way down the stairs in search of her first cup of coffee. Before she reached the last step, she sniffed the warm, familiar scent and somehow knew it came from Gran's kitchen rather than the connected shop, Sips and Scentimentals.

"Camila," she whispered. "Bless you."

And sure enough, her grandmother's best friend — tall and sturdy, black hair streaked with gray, and a smile that, when directed Samantha's way, made her feel all warm and wonderful on the insides — stood in the kitchen watching the last of the coffee drip into the waiting pot. "Morning, sleepyhead."

"Morning," Samantha mumbled.

"Rough night?"

She held out a hand as Camila poured coffee into a large mug. "More than you know." But she refused to think about the reason why. A reason who had broad shoulders, chocolate-brown eyes, and the shadow of a beard that never quite became one. Someone she had nearly managed to banish from her thoughts ... up until yesterday.

(Continues…)



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You're Gonna Love Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
CindyFW More than 1 year ago
2 1/2 stars. The story was okay, but it had the potential to be so much more. I didn't see any reason to include the grandmother's POV. In a romance, there should have been only Nick's and Sam's. The author has problems with the transitions between chapters. It broke the flow and made the reading harder.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
There’s nothing like a ‘second chances’ story and Robin Lee Hatcher take that theme and runs with it in this, her new novel You’re Gonna Love Me. Samantha Winter’s leads a predictable, safe and some would argue . . . boring life. She takes no risks and has no desire to change that. Then she met Nick and found her alter ego opposite who laughs danger in the face with a almost devil may care attitude. When he organises what Samantha believes is a reckless and unnecessarily dangerous kayak trip, for her this is the last and final straw. Ending the relationship is her perceived only option but she may secretly wonder what might have been! Two years later she is urgently required at her Grandmother’s side due to a accident and there she reconnects with Nick unexpectedly. Old love rekindled and daring to take a chance at love rather than always playing it safe. Themes of redemption and second chances sprinkled throughout the book give this a sweet if inoffensive read. While it won’t knock anyone’s socks off it may just warm the heart and give those welcome “Feels” we love to talk about. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher as part of the Thomas Nelson/ Zondervan Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Robin Lee Hatcher's books, and this one is no different. Samantha has decided to limit the risk in her life, after watching her father die in an accident. Nick lives his life on the edge, constantly seeking an adrenaline rush. Samantha is unable to tolerate his lifestyle, and ends their new relationship. Two years later, Samantha's grandmother has an accident, and Samantha returns to take care of her. She's taken off guard when she find that Nick was the one to help rescue her grandmother. Will they be able to overcome their differences to be friends...or more...again? Is the risk too great? I enjoyed seeing how time and maturity can change people, but honestly, Samantha's paralyzing fear annoyed me at times. I still loved the book though, and give it 4.5 stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review which I have provided here.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
A quick enjoyable beach type read that has some fascinating information, great characters, and a good faith theme of losing our fear to trust in The One who holds all in his hands. The male lead has an interesting health problem that creates some interesting tension while the female lead feels she needs all control. There’s a great story here of growing in the Lord and leaving things we can’t control to our Lord. I received this read through The Fiction Guild. All opinions are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
As you would expect in a Robin Lee Hatcher story, You're Gonna Love Me is a sweet, contemporary romance. She takes you back to Thunder Creek, Idaho, and you will find some "old friends" if you have read You'll Think of Me. Don't worry if you haven't read that one, though, because this can be a stand-alone with no problem at all. Totally unexpected and unrelated circumstances bring Samantha Winters and Nick Chastain to the same small Idaho town after a bad ending to a relationship two years earlier. Both had been hurt deeply and really didn't know where to pick up after the time and difficult issues -- if there was any way to pick up at all. Samantha and Nick are both complex characters with lots of issues to deal with individually and together. As she has done in some of her other stories, Robin brings in a complicated real-life issue for her characters to deal with this, this one being traumatic brain injury. She doesn't sugar coat the difficulties but also fills the story with love and hope that comes from relying on God's grace and guidance. Samantha's Gran and other friends and family become important pieces in Samantha and Nick's stories and make major impacts in the second chances for love. The back stories that help explain how Samantha and Nick each reached their point in life are scattered throughout the story and help the pieces come together at a comfortable pace. Thanks to Booklook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
YOU’RE GONNA LOVE ME by Robin Lee Hatcher. Samantha wanted control in her work and in love. Seeing Nick being careless, for an adventure, she says hash words. Now two years later, see is returning to Thunder Creek, to help her Grand mother. Arriving at the hospital, who does she meet but Nick once again.This was a tender story, of two people who are older, and hopefully realize what they once shared. About forginess and second chances. Her stories are of family, and love a good combination for readers to sit back and enjoy. Given ARC by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. Another wonderful story of love and God's help in everyday things from Robin. Nick and Sam knew each other in Oregon and broke up over her fears and his need for the exciting until the trip she feared the most caused him damage and he gave up in college teaching job and now is working in Thunder Creek and has found a greater understanding of faith. He ends up help rescue Sam's grandmother after she fell off her horse while riding with her great-granddaughter. Sam has come to help take care of her grandmother and is surprised to find Nick there. She didn't know about his injury and they have to find their way to being friends again and maybe more. This was a wonderfully written story. I would recommend it highly.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- Ever since her dad died in a tragic ski accident, Sam has been scared of taking risks and always plays it safe. Nick has an adventurous streak a mile wide. How will this relationship ever work? It doesn’t. Fast forward two years when Sam comes to Idaho to help her grandmother and happens to run into Nick. Could things work this time? This was a fun, light read that I enjoyed. The town of Thunder Creek, Idaho seems like a wonderful small town to live in, full of friendly people and a great place to visit for coffee and a pastry. Nick and Sam were both likable characters. I definitely found myself relating to Sam often throughout the story. It is often hard to take risks and dive into the unknown; playing it safe is so much easier. I liked seeing how God worked on her heart throughout the story. Nick’s story was also intriguing. His journey from his breakup with Sam to their reunion 2 years later was heartbreaking. I felt very sympathetic towards Nick and the changes he had to make in his life. This was a great story to help remind us that we need to trust God because He really does know what He’s doing. Our fears will always be there, but God is too. And He is bigger than those fears. I look forward to reading more by Robin. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- Ever since her dad died in a tragic ski accident, Sam has been scared of taking risks and always plays it safe. Nick has an adventurous streak a mile wide. How will this relationship ever work? It doesn’t. Fast forward two years when Sam comes to Idaho to help her grandmother and happens to run into Nick. Could things work this time? This was a fun, light read that I enjoyed. The town of Thunder Creek, Idaho seems like a wonderful small town to live in, full of friendly people and a great place to visit for coffee and a pastry. Nick and Sam were both likable characters. I definitely found myself relating to Sam often throughout the story. It is often hard to take risks and dive into the unknown; playing it safe is so much easier. I liked seeing how God worked on her heart throughout the story. Nick’s story was also intriguing. His journey from his breakup with Sam to their reunion 2 years later was heartbreaking. I felt very sympathetic towards Nick and the changes he had to make in his life. This was a great story to help remind us that we need to trust God because He really does know what He’s doing. Our fears will always be there, but God is too. And He is bigger than those fears. I look forward to reading more by Robin. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
You're Gonna Love Me was my first book by Robin Lee Hatcher.  I follow a blog that she co-writes on with several other authors, so I've been aware of some her latest releases, but never have had time to sit down and pick one up until recently. I love the cover design on this book and how it ties together characters, outfits, and gifts all mentioned in the book right on the cover.  Usually I feel as if the covers don't portray the characters correctly or have any element from the story in them, but this one did a nice job. Anyway, onto the book.  This was a sweet story following two characters who had dated before the start of the book but had a disagreement and broke it off.  Due to a couple of accidents, the characters are back in the same town and strike up a cautious friendship.   I like the element of these two already knowing each other because there wasn't any awkwardly fast getting to know each other type of thing going on, as sometimes happens in romance novels.  The small-town feel of the book was sweet and added to the story's overall charm.  I would definitely recommend this light-hearted read with a good lesson on overcoming fear and learning to love again.   Thank you to the Thomas nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Davisc More than 1 year ago
There are times in our daily lives when we just want to get away from it all. Maybe we can’t always leave town, or even our own house, but we can pick up a book that will transplant us to another place. Robin Lee Hatcher’s You’re Gonna Love Me is the perfect book for such traveling. 
 Hatcher’s gift is creating places so real we believe we could drive into these places as we drive down the road. Next time I drive through Idaho, I will subconsciously be looking for the little town of Thunder Creek. I want to pull into the parking lot of Sips and Scentimentals, walk into the shop and order a coffee from Gran’s friend, Camila. I enjoyed every moment of my time spent there in my mind. Not only does Ms. Hatcher create marvelous places, she also creates real characters “Nick waited a few heartbeats, but the woman on the ground didn’t move.” I knew he would help her and I wanted to know more about his why. I wanted to know more about what he was doing in Thunder Creek. This was the third paragraph. “She was bone weary after the seven-hour drive from Beaverton, Oregon. She’d stopped only twice, just long enough to refill the tank and use the restroom, and hadn’t bothered to eat anything except the snack foods she’d tossed into the car before leaving home before dawn.” I related to Samantha immediately. I’ve had many road trips like this. I wanted to know more about Samantha; why did she make this road trip? What was her motivation? I wanted to know more about her relationships. I think the greatest thing about Robin Lee Hatcher’s books, and especially You’re Gonna Love Me, is that I do not always like the characters or what they do, but I always care. Samantha holds on to fear and it is irritating, but I do that too. That is why I don’t always like Samantha, but I always care and turn the page to see what will happen next. You’re Gonna Love Me is a beautiful story. Travel to the wonderful little town of Thunder Creek, Idaho with Robin Lee Hatcher. Immerse yourself in Nick and Samantha’s story. Enjoy your time away from your daily life. You will not regret it. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story about Samantha Winters, an accountant, who comes home to help her Grandmother when she gets hurt. While home she runs into Nick Chastain, who was her old beau. Will they reconnect or will Sam let her fears continue to run her life? Will Nick allow Sam back in his life or will he let his past injuries cut love of out his life?
christian_chick6 More than 1 year ago
When Sam returns to Thunder Creek to care for her grandmother, the last person she expects to find is her ex-boyfriend Nick. Even more surprising, though, are the changes in Nick. He's kind, considerate of others, and has a growing relationship with Christ. Following a traumatic brain injury, Nick isn't the man he once was. Not only has his second chance at life given him a new appreciation for others and reliance on his faith, but it's also left him with some mental difficulties. He never dreamed that Sam would come back into his life, but when she does, he struggles with whether it would be fair to her to ask her to share his life. Sam and Nick are both compelling characters the reader can't help but root for. Their romance is both sweet and heartbreaking by turn, and the obstacles to their "happily ever after," while mostly internal conflict, struck me as incredibly believable. Wrapped up in this engaging love story is a powerful message of trusting God and not being afraid. Sam has been ruled by her fear ever since her father's accidental death, and nearly every decision in her adult life has come from a desire for safety. Nick's fear is not for physical safety but a fear that his injury would leave him incapable of being a good husband and father. Throughout the story, both characters take steps forward and backward when it comes to trusting God in a way that feels authentic. You're Gonna Love Me is the second Robin Lee Hatcher book to be set in Thunder Creek, and I hope it won't be the last! Full of romance, engaging characters, and a compelling plot, You're Gonna Love Me is a book romance readers will love. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
The title of this story gave me pause for thought....You're gonna Love me. Before reading the book I took the title as a command but as I read this sweet story I realized it is a statement as in you don't have to love me but you're gonna love me...once you really get to know me. Sometimes I had a slightly difficult time with Samantha's attitude. She seems selfish and a bit spoiled. But as one reads one soon begins to realize that Samantha likes he life organized because she is afraid. Some of these fears may come from easy happenings in her life or she may just be afraid of change. But Nick he likes adventure and a challenge. Samantha didn't count on falling in love with Nick but I don't think that Nick thought he's fall in love with Samantha either. So, when Samantha ends their budding relationship with harsh words and takes off. However, two years later Samantha's beloved grandmother is in an accident and Samantha goes to her bedside to be her caregiver. And who should she see as she arrives at her grandmother's side??? Nick! This is where the story really begins and a sweet story it is with life lessons for those who feel the need to control their and those who love them. *This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Nick Chastain was a risk taker. There wasn't anything that he wouldn't do. From extreme sports and even the occasional dare, he never turned down an offer. He believed in living life to the fullest despite what risks there might be that something could go wrong. It was this attitude that both attracted Samantha Winters to him. They met at an accounting class and for Nick, she was his biggest challenge. They attempted to make a go at it with their relationship but with Sam's fears that one day Nick would be killed, they abruptly ended things on a bitter note. It wasn't Sam's fault she felt this way, after watching her dad die while skiing, she knew that something life was ugly. This is why she wouldn't do anything or be with anyone who took those kinds of risks. Yet even after their breakup Sam had second thoughts and tried to reach out to Nick in hopes they might be able to work something out, but all her emails and text messages were never turned. That might be why she was more than surprised when she headed back to Idaho to care for her grandmother who was injured while horseback riding. It also gave her a much needed break working for a boss she hates, but she isn't one to quit when the going got tough. At least might give her time to put her own life in perspective. When she saw Nick at the hospital, it definitely put things in perspective. He was the one to help her grandmother get help when he saw her fall from her horse. He is also more than surprised because Nick isn't that same guy as he was two years ago. He desperately wanted to tell Sam about the new life he was facing and the challenges that came with almost losing his life, two years ago, but it might also mean giving up on the chance to love anyone else again. If only they could find a way to resolve the past and find hope for a future. I received You're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher compliments of NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is the second novel in the Thunder Creek series, and I absolutely LOVE the blunt honesty that comes across in this novel. Both characters are changed by something that made them face the certainty of death and it forever changed how they looked to the future. It is going to take some kindly advice from Sam's grandmother to put things in the light that they truly are. Only God knows what the future holds and to think otherwise doesn't convey that faith that they both claim to hold on to. A Discussion Guide is included at the conclusion of this book that would make this a wonderful book club selection. I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Well, the title promised it…and I did (love this book, that is)! You’re Gonna Love Me is book two in the Thunder Creek series, however, it can be easily be read as a stand alone title. I enjoyed Samantha, Nick, and grandma Ruth so much! This story is a contemporary romance set in a small town, which is truly one of my favorite settings when I read. But, what set this book apart for me was the romantic past that these two characters kept coming up against throughout the novel. The author did a great job of including flashbacks to the relationship that Nick and Sam had. I liked being able to see what drew the two together, but also understand how very different they were from each other. Nick had changed a lot in the two years since their break up. But it might not be enough for Sam, who fears change and any hint of uncertainty. I loved the back and forth of this story and watching the attraction build between these two. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
You’re Gonna Love Me is another new beginnings/second chances story by Robin Lee Hatcher. Samantha returns home to Thunder Creek to care for her aunt, and surprise! Nick Chastain, her ex enters back into her life. Though the story was a bit predictable, I can say I enjoyed it. I’m glad it’s a clean, sweet romance. Second chances always grab my heart. It shows there is always hope. My interest waned a bit in the middle. I became a little frustrated when things kept getting in the way. It didn’t feel genuine. I do like their trust issues were resolved, and the overall message was conveyed nicely. I am addicted to Christian fiction, and although this isn’t one of my favorites by Ms. Hatcher, I will continue to read her work because she infuses her stories with elements of faith, forgiveness and perseverance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booklook and was under no obligation to post a review.
candicervaldez More than 1 year ago
This book was just ok for me. The storyline was a bit predictable and I did not feel any chemistry between the main characters. I felt like they didn't talk about anything important the entire book. I was left feeling a little bored and ended up skimming the end just so I could be done with it.
sesquius More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, back in the early 2000’s I could have sworn I had read a series of books by Robin Lee Hatcher. But upon pursual on the internet, I can’t find them. Because it was based on these books that prompted me to select this one. These books I had absolutely loved Robin’s writing and her characters. But alas, I fear I may have been thinking of another author. Which in turn explains my extreme disappointment with this story. The book is about Samantha Winters who returns to Idaho to help out her grandmother who had a horse riding accident. Samantha, after taking a leave of absence from work, has promised to stay with her grandmother until she is healed. In the meantime, we have an old fiancé of Samantha’s, Nick Chastain, who called for the ambulance for her grandmother. From there, I truly can’t understand the rest of the story. There is a story but I found myself flipping pages trying to get to the gut of the story. I was bored and didn’t find any development of either character, or even of the background characters. This is a book where I felt like I was dropped in and was expected to catch up and perhaps understand where the author was going with the story. I couldn’t and eventually gave up. Yup, gave up. Didn’t even finish the book and that rarely happens. The only thing I really want to know at this point is why Samantha felt it necessary to leave her job for so long. I received this book from the publisher, via BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I know when I am picking up a book by Robin Lee Hatcher it’s going to be good. You’re Gonna Love Me was one of those books. It was interesting seeing how fear can change the entire course of your life if you let it. Sam had some real fears in her life, and they were for good reasons. Little did she know those fears stood in the way of the life God had planned for her. Oftentimes our fears are hidden behind good intentions, and we can’t see them for what they are. I enjoyed watching Sam learn more about herself and what truly makes her happy in life. This book follows her as she returns home to help her grandma while she heals from an injury. Needing a break from the way her life turned out Sam jumps at the chance to help her grandma. Being back in Thunder Creek will be a good change of pace. Little does she know her small town is also where her former love Nick is currently working. Running into each other in such a small town is last thing either of them planned on. Hoping to make the best out of a crazy situation they both know there are some things that need to be said. Do they even know each other anymore? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance. I enjoyed getting to see a old flame rekindled despite how much both parties fought it. I liked seeing the characters faith grow, and also seeing their struggles. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing and was no way forced to post a positive review . All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This charming, heartwarming story is one of how to overcome your fears. We all have fears and different ranges of how deep those fears affect us. I enjoyed this thought-provoking story, because of how I could relate to the characters. Ms. Hatcher’s tale of these character’s lives was delightful. You’re Gonna Love Me is a romantic story about Samantha and Nick. This story details what occurred in their past and provides the reader with an interesting story about their current life. I highly recommend reading this book! This was the first time I had read a book by this author. I will be reading more of her books! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book are pleasant getting to know. Although, the storyline was a bit predictable and perhaps a bit unbelievable, this book was a nice, light read. A feel good romance with real characters. I would have liked a bit more suspense, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Madalyn More than 1 year ago
I loved this book by Robin Lee Hatcher. She never fails to present a book that will touch my heart and keep my interest to the end. A beautiful story. I actually listened to the audio book while I was moving about busy doing things and read the ebook when I wanted to sit and continue the story. The audio presentation was excellent. I recommend this book to anyone who is wants to hide themselves in a sweet love story.
hadassahmae More than 1 year ago
Published by: Thomas Nelson Written by: Robin Lee Hatcher I love reading all kinds of contemporary novels, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review You're Gonna Love Me. This book tells the story of a guy and girl who once dated and who are thrown back together. They must overcome their differences and learn to move on from all that happened in the past. Who This Book is For: This book is good for those who are just looking for a love story and do not really care if the story has much to it or not. What I liked: This book was fairly enjoyable to read. The characters became real for me. This book speaks to the issue of fear. What I didn’t like: The characters were not as likable as some. The story did not have much heart to it. I wish that the book had tackled fear a bit more than it did. My conclusion: Overall, I thought this was an okay read. I give You're Gonna Love Me 4 out of 5 stars. I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
You’re Gonna Love Me By: Robin Lee Hatcher I loved You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher. The author did not disappoint. Love the story and the characters, both were well written and well developed. I was hooked from the start and did not want to put it down. This is Samantha and Nick’s story. After Sam’s father died in a skiing accident she does not want to allow risk in her life. Nick loves risk and takes chances. Sam goes to Thunder Creek, Idaho to take care of her grandmother after she has an accident . Who does she see in her grandmother’s hospital room ? Is there a second chance for these two? Robin Lee Hatcher weaves a fantastic story that will have you trying to read faster, to turn the pages faster, to see what is going to happen next. I was given a complimentary ARC of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review.